Makin’ Good: C-Infamous goes to Cali [Article]
Vancouver, B.C. – In the midst of Vancouver’s urban scene, flying far lower under the radar than he should, sits one of the best producers north of the border, C-Infamous aka cl. He’s a heavy-hitting beatmaker who can crank out club bangers as easily as he can make chill keyboard joints or sample heavy tracks that would appeal to any urban artist, regardless of their taste. Being one half of Chronico Music Group, cI is on the grind like no one else. And proof of that is that he works on music full-time; as any Vancity (or any independent) artist knows, just being able to quit your 9 to 5 day job to work on music full-time and actually make a living from it is hard enough. And Infamous is well past that, his career is in full swing as he’s working with artists and clients from all over the world.
Among cI’s repertoire are your influential MCs like DMX and DPG, or international icons like Edison Chen and Jolin Tsai. He was one of less than a handful of producers allowed to work on remixing Avril Lavigne’s international atomic bomb “Girlfriend,” and the only one to attempt remixing the song for the Asian market, with Avril singing the hook in Mandarin. This Vancouver born cat is truly worldwide, his talent has gone global, handling production for clients from the U.S. to Asia, while still maintaining his ties to the local Vancouver scene and remaining active with his roster of artists that perform in and around the city.
Aside from creating beats and recording, engineering and mixing for artists of any and all genres, Infamous stays busy pushing Chronico’s current group of artists such as FnL, Phixx Cravin, Brock Zanrosso, and Amanda Silvera. Having shared the stage with such names from Bone Thugs, Slaughterhouse, Fabolous, Raekwon, Too $hort, Sean Kingston, Boyz II Men, Keshia Chante, 112, and Justin Beiber, the Chronico crew is beginning to reach the upper echeleons of the hip-hop world and are carving out their own rightful place in that arena. Chronico has been involved in some of the dopest shows in Vancity, so expect to see their name on more and more of the posters advertising your favorite rapper who’s in town. And again, that’s just his local hustle, dude’s flying out to Cali and Hong Kong on the regular. Whether it’s out West building with Kurupt’s Penagon fam, or networking in the Far East offering his production to heavyhitters on that side of the globe, this guy just doesn’t stop.
When asked what it’s like to earn a living producing and engineering here in Vancouver, Infamous’s answer reflects his own work ethic: “It’s a grind, it’s always a grind. If you’re doing your thing in Vancouver, Toronto or in the U.S. it’s always going to be a grind.” And on the specifics of the Vancouver scene he adds, “you just have to stay at it, keep grinding and networking. And it always helps to work with other artists, whether local or abroad, buzzing or established. Like, look at Kardinal.. he’s always been regarded as dope within the Canadian hip-hop community, but once he did that track with Akon, he reached THAT level, and that’s what you’ve got to do.” And that’s exactly what Infamous is doing, branching out and working with cats that have been in the game heavy, and it’s starting to pay off. “The best thing to do is just to soak up the game, to learn from others’ mistakes, advices, and successes.” This guy doesn’t seem to be a name dropper or a big talker – just the opposite, in fact – but he’s clearly reaching the big leagues when he mentions many of the artists he’s worked with or is currently in talks with. Regrettably, this local boy may not stay local much longer as his career is beginning to really take flight.
Check out http://www.chronico.ca and http://www.myspace.com/cinfamous to get a look and listen – currently he’s an easy guy to contact and work with, but with the rapidly increasing demand for his work this guy will be unreachable soon. Stay tuned to HipHopCanada’s “Makin’ Good” blog series to hear back from cI in L.A. where he’ll be linking up with his people G-Hood Fellas to record for their debut album on Kurupt’s Pentagon Records.
Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada